2014 Bank of the West Classic – Final – Match Preview/Prediction

(1) Serena Williams vs (3) Angelique Kerber

Sunday’s final in Stanford promises to be a thriller. World number 1 Serena Williams will be looking for her third title in Stanford when she comes up against a determined Angelique Kerber, desperate to clinch her first title of the season.

Serena Williams played her most complete match of the tournament on Saturday evening, defeating eighth seed Andrea Petkovic in straight sets, 7-5 6-0. Serena has been far from her best in Stanford, but she is clearly determined to claim her fourth title of the year. The American has been tested in at least one set in all three of her matches, but like a true champion she has raised her level at the business end of each match.

Angelique Kerber produced a stunning fight back to defeat Varvara Lepchenko in the second semi-final. The German overcame a 2-5 deficit in the second set, saving a match point on route to claiming the second set in a tiebreaker. Angie ran away with the third set, taking it 6-2. This is not the first time Angie has been able to save multiple match points and go on to to win the match. In Eastbourne, Angie faced multiple match points against Alize Cornet before eventually prevailing in three sets.

In the past few meetings between these two, Serena has come out to play. Last year at the Year End Championships, Serena put on a clinic, demolishing Kerber 6-3 6-1. In their most recent encounter, Serena comprehensively defeated Angie 6-2 6-2 in the quarter-finals in Miami. The head to head stands at 4-1; the Germans only win against the world number 1 was in Cincinnati in 2012.

Both ladies are fierce competitors and will both be desperate to win this match for different reasons. Angie has already participated in three finals in 2014, she has lost all three. She will be desperate to avoid sinking to 0-4 record in finals. Serena is coming off a disappointing couple of months; she will be looking to consolidate her spot at the top of the WTA. This makes for a fascinating contest; Angie is certainly capable of causing an upset. I have a feeling the German will get the job done on this occasion; she is much closer to her best in comparison to Serena.

Prediction: Angelique Kerber to defeat Serena Williams in three sets

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